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52-51 - With Santana Slam, Rangers take woes out on A’s with 11-3 win

The Rangers scored more runs in tonight’s game than they had in their previous 1,757th games at the Coliseum combined, I assume

Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The Oakland Coliseum has been a modern day house of horrors for the Rangers over basically the entire run of the franchise so when the A’s scored three easy first inning runs off Ariel Jurado before folks had even settled into their seats, I was already mentally writing this one off.

But then Jurado didn’t allow another run to cross the plate for six more innings and suddenly the Rangers were putting runs on the board by the barrelful against old foe Brett Anderson and company with five in the fifth, five in the sixth, and one more in the seventh for good measure.

Nothing ever feels safe and secure or good or fun in games played in Oakland for the Rangers but perhaps a ghost or two was exorcised tonight.

Player of the Game: There was Jurado turning things around for a much-needed lengthy quality start, and a lot of Rangers hitters did a lot of good things tonight, but this is the Summer of Santana and tonight Danny Santana punctuated his career season with a career-first grand slam to go along with a double, three total hits, and six RBI.

Up Next: Lance Lynn will try to keep the wins coming as he and the Rangers will take on RHP Daniel Mengden and the A’s on Friday night. First pitch from the Coliseum is scheduled for 9:07 pm CT.